Crawford Market British Era Bombay, 1905 Photo

A 1905 photo of Crawford Market during British era Bombay (Mumbai). Notable are the sizeable crowd and the horse-drawn trams near the market. Crawford Market is an iconic landmark like the Victoria Station and Gateway of India in Bombay. It is now officially called Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market, but people still call it by its old name.

Opened in 1871, it was named after Arthur Crawford, the city commissioner. The commissioner had initiated the establishment of this permanent market before he retired and moved to England. The building was designed by William Emerson, that was characteristic of English country market buildings.

It stands majestically in a corner area of Fort. The building has an area of over 72,000 sq. yards. It was the main market for Bombay till 1966. There are other landmarks close by like the Chatrapathi Shivaji Station or CST, Colaba Causeway, Rajabai Clock Tower, Chor Bazaar, Horniman Circle, and so on. 

Read about Crawford Market In Mumbai. See post Crawford Market Mumbai – Rare Old Print 1874.

Did you know– that Sir Cowasji Jehangir a prominent Bombay Parsi sponsored the construction of the Crawford Market building.

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4 x 3 inches

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Bourne & Shepherd